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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2014

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

This is a spectacular southern French red wine with 3à hectares of vineyards planted just east of the flagship vineyard Château de Beaucastel in the Rhône Valley thus it's often called "baby Beaucastel". Full-bodied with fleshy ripe blackberry jam and black raspberry preserves aromas and flavours. Rich and layered. Pair with roast beef. Food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison.

On the fuller side of medium-bodied, this respected red Rhône blend features punchy plum and berry fruit with good acid tension. And there are classic regional notes of lavender, licorice and black pepper in the background.

Bright violet. Intense dark berry and cherry compote aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Palate-caressing black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up peppery spice and lavendar qualities on the back half. Rich yet lively, showing no excess fat. The juicy, focused finish is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins and leaves behind a gently sweet dark berry note.

The 2014 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône is a Provençal, charming effort that’s loaded with dark berry fruit, bouquet garni, leather, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Rounded, forward and still with mid-palate depth, it’s geared for drinking over the coming 5-6 years.